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Costs Associated with Weed Management in Cereals and Food Legumes in the Chaouia Region of Settat Province, Morocco
Robert L. Zimdahl, Giles T. Rafsnider, Mohamed Boughlala and Abdellila Laamari
Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1992), pp. 156-160
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3987182
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Crop enterprise budgets for eight crops prepared from a sample of 131 farms in the Chaouia region of Settat province, Morocco show that weed management is a component of crop production. Although all farmers used herbicides on small grains, weed control was accomplished primarily with hired and family labor. In general, labor is more plentiful than capital and the per hectare cost of using hired labor is low. The percentage of total cash expenditures assigned to weed management averaged more than 5% in each farm size group. However, there was substantial variability among crops. Average hours spent to manage weeds was nearly constant for the three groups. Barley received the least labor and corn or a food legume the most. Farmers of small farms used more family labor and those of large farms used more hired labor.
Weed Technology © 1992 Weed Science Society of America